Stephen Colbert took Donald Trump to task, calling the ex-prez ‘pathetic’ for praising himself about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Stephen Colbert blasted Donald Trump as “unbelievably sad” after the former president released a baffling statement taking credit for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, despite his disastrous response to the pandemic. Colbert kicked off The Late Show on March 11 — the one-year anniversary of the pandemic being declared — by reciting Trump’s statement, which read like one of his old tweets:
“I hope that everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t president, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”
If you were wondering… yes, that fits under the Twitter character limit. “First of all, that’s unbelievably sad,” Colbert replied. “Second, pathetic. Third, how did we even find out about this statement? He can’t tweet this stuff! Did he just print it out and staple it to telephone poles around Palm Beach? He might as well have just released ‘Ex-prez will take credit, and teach you guitar!’”
“We banned him from Twitter,” Colbert continued. “Can we ban him from paper? Is that possible?” At the top of the episode, Colbert also played an altered version of the vaccine PSA shared by former President Barack Obama earlier in the day. The real video shows four former presidents — Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter touting the benefits of getting one of the COVID-19 vaccinations and urging Americans to get one when they’re eligible.
Colbert’s version of Obama’s PSA added a clip of Trump saying on May 2020 that the coronavirus would magically “go away” without a vaccine (which he and wife Melania Trump secretly got before leaving the White House). Maybe his invite got lost in the mail… because he destroyed the postal service,” Colbert quipped.
Kendall Jenner Reveals Why She Finds Social Media ‘Addictive’ Even Though It Gives Her Anxiety
Kendall Jenner got very candid about her relationship with social media, saying that it makes her feel ‘detached’ from everything in the latest installment of her ‘Open Minded’ series with Vogue.
Kendall Jenner is taking time during Mental Health Awareness Month to vulnerably discuss her struggles with anxiety in the new Vogue series Open Minded. In the May 13 episode of the series, the model, 25, got real about how she deals with social media. “What’s affected my anxiety the most is the amount of negativity that I see,” Kendall explained, prior to her conversation with Dr. Jorge Partida, Chief of Psychology at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
“There’s just literally too much. I find that the more I’m looking at the screen, the more detached I feel with my own body or to what’s happening right in front of me,” Kendall explained. “My relationship with social media is a bit addictive right now, which I don’t like and I’m not proud to say that, but I also feel like that’s something that probably most of us can relate to,” she went on.
Indeed, social media has become a huge part of Kendall, and her family member’s, platform and life. But even the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star admitted “I don’t like that I feel the need to have social media in the first place.” However, she observed that, in this day and age, “there really is no escaping it.”
Kendall further explained the one element of social media that “boils [her] blood” is “someone claiming a false narrative for me…I have moments of feeling like I’m breaking or feeling like I can’t take it anymore,” Kendall shared. “Because of social media, everything is highlighted, everything is heightened whether good or bad. I feel most of my social media anxiety is actually more the overwhelmingness of it all,” she said.
Kendall’s initiative to become more and more transparent about her struggle with her mental health has been wholly embraced by her fans. The model has discussed her experiences with anxiety and panic attacks before, but this new series is really shedding a light on a topic that is clearly very close to her heart. Fans cannot wait to learn more about Kendall’s experiences, and how she continues to use her influential platform.
If you or someone you know needs help with their mental health, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.
Liz Cheney: 5 Things About GOP Rep. Ousted From House Leadership After Speaking Out Against Trump
Rep. Liz Cheney is no longer Chair of the House Republican Conference after her criticism of Trump and his ‘Big Lie’ about election fraud. Learn more about her.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was just ousted from a top leadership position in the House by her own party. Cheney isn’t letting it go. The three-term congresswoman, 54, is lashing out at her fellow lawmakers who are still bowing at former President Donald Trump‘s feet and warning them that they’ll doom our democracy. Here’s what else you need to know about Rep. Cheney:
1. She Was The Chair of the House Republican Conference
Cheney held the third-highest leadership position for Republicans in the House of Representatives since 2019. Her “competency” came into question when she started vocalizing her criticism of former President Donald Trump for his repeated “Big Lie” about election fraud and his role in the Capitol siege. After Cheney voted with Democrats to impeach Trump in January, a pro-Trump faction of the House, including Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), called for her removal from the chairmanship. A House committee voted behind closed doors to oust Cheney on May 12.
“We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”
— ABC News (@ABC) May 13, 2021
2. She Warned Fellow Reps. About Trump In Her Final Speech
During the closed-door meeting to oust Cheney from House leadership, a source told ABC News that Cheney urged her colleagues not to let Trump make the GOP “complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.” Cheney said:
“Our nation needs this Republican Party as a strong party based on truth so we can shape the future. To do that, we must be true to our principles and to the Constitution. We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy. Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country. If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy.”
3. She Has Support From Both Prominent Democrats & Republicans
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the ouster, “Congresswoman Liz Cheney is a leader of great courage, patriotism and integrity. Today, House Republicans declared that those values are unwelcome in the Republican party. The Republican denial of the truth presented by Congresswoman Cheney is reflected in their denial of the need to seek the truth in a January 6th commission and to repair the damage of January 6th with a security supplemental immediately.”
4. Her Father Is Former VP Dick Cheney
Rep. Cheney is the eldest daughter of Dick Cheney, who served as vice president under former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. In the House of Representatives, she holds the same seat her father once occupied as Wyoming’s congressman from 1979 to 1989.
5. Some Think She Could Lead A 3rd Party
With Trump’s grasp on the Republican party now clearer more than ever, some politicos are wondering if a fractured GOP could lead to a major third political party. With Cheney the loudest and highest-ranking opponent of Trump, she would be a natural leader. She almost outright vowed to do that in her last speech before her May 12 ouster: “I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln.”
‘The Masked Singer’ Preview: The Russian Dolls Reveal A New Clue — Watch
The Russian Dolls read a brand-new clue in this EXCLUSIVE preview of ‘The Masked Singer’ quarterfinals, and guest panelist Rob Riggle is convinced he knows their identities.
The quarterfinals have arrived on The Masked Singer, and the Russian Dolls will take the stage once again during the May 12 episode. After their performance, a new clue is revealed by “mail” sent by the biggest fan in this EXCLUSIVE preview. When host Nick Cannon opens up the mailbox, there’s another mailbox inside, a nod to the Russian Dolls.
One of the Russian Dolls reads the letter inside the second mailbox. “I was a fan of you individually, but when I saw you band together in person — wow! Like I can’t even. Love you to the moon and back again,” the letter says.
Guest panelist Rob Riggle doesn’t believe he even needs this clue to guess the identities of the Russian Dolls. “Clues are for suckers. I don’t need them,” he says. He thinks he knows exactly who the Russian Dolls are.
“Bet this all day. Bet it twice on Sunday. That’s Devo,” Rob says. Devo is a rock band that rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s. The band is best known for their hit song “Whip It.”
Nick isn’t convinced that Rob is right on this one. “Ken, this really is your friend,” Nick jokes. This makes Ken Jeong cackle.
The Russian Dolls changed the game from their very first performance of “The Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. One Russian Doll started out singing the song, but a second Russian Doll later revealed himself during the performance. The Russian Dolls debuted a third member in the wildcard round. They’ve been stealing the show from the start.
The final 5 of season 5 are Russian Dolls, Chameleon, Black Swan, Piglet, and Yeti. At the end of the May 12 episode, one of the masked singers will be eliminated. The rest will move on to the season 5 semi-finals. The Masked Singer season 5 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.